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Unit information: Research Skills in 2020/21

Unit name Research Skills
Unit code EMATM0036
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Giuggioli
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit will equip students with the skills necessary to plan an original research project in the area of Engineering Mathematics. The unit will address both academic research skill and some transferable skills, e.g. working in groups, scientific writing.


  • To ensure that students have the research skills to undertake a research project
  • To ensure that student are aware of the particular issues of working in the area of Engineering Mathematics
  • To enable students to plan a research project.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, the students will be able to:

  1. Complete a literature survey in preparation for a major piece of research.
  2. Plan a research project in the area of Engineering Mathematics
  3. Identify specific skills they require to complete the project and acquire them through independent study

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered though regular supervision meetings involving discussion of progress, technical advice, and guidance. These will be supplemented by a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, supported by live online sessions, to provide the key organisational and practical skills required to develop a preliminary technical project report.

Assessment Details

1 Summative Assessment, 100% - Coursework. This will assess all ILOs.

Reading and References

Students are advised individually by their project supervisor(s) on appropriate references depending on their project.